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Valerie Hotchkiss, director of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was honored as the second Andrew S. G. Turyn endowed professor. The Andrew S. G. Turyn endowed professorship was established through a gift from the estate of alumnus, former librarian, and longtime Library Friend Andrew S. G. Turyn. Offered on a five-year rotating basis, it is open to full professors of library administration at the Urbana campus who are pursuing innovative research in any scholarly area, including library/information science, the humanities, the sciences, the social sciences, area studies, the arts, or other fields. The professorship enhances the library’s services, programs, and reputation by recognizing and fostering significant research contributions of library faculty. More information is online at

Joan Ruelle has been named dean and university librarian at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. Since 2003, Ruelle has served as university librarian at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, providing leadership for all operations, services, resources, and budgets of the school’s Wyndham Robertson Library and university archives. Under her leadership at Hollins, the university’s Wyndham Robertson Library was recognized with ACRL’s Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in 2009. Ruelle began her library career at the University of Virginia in 1997, where she coordinated user services for the science and engineering libraries and later was named coordinator for user education for the university library. Ruelle also has experience as a faculty member, teaching gender and women’s studies courses at Hollins University and teaching cultural studies and comparative literature courses at the University of Minnesota. As a graduate student, she taught courses in cultural studies at the University of Minnesota and at Mankato (Minnesota) State University.

Joan Ruelle


Neil Dazet has been named information services librarian for the Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Brooklyn College-CUNY.

Melissa Fernandez has joined the Monograph Receiving Unit of the Stanford University Libraries Acquisitions Department as monograph receiving and copy cataloging specialist.

Sarah Burns Gilchrist has been appointed education research and instruction librarian at the Albert S. Cook Library, Towson University.

Lydia Welhan has been appointed technical services librarian at Saddleback College, effective August 13, 2012.


Kate Hickey has retired after 16 years as dean and university librarian at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, following a career spanning more than four decades. In 2000, Hickey was instrumental in the design of Elon’s new library, which integrated the learning commons model throughout the building’s first floor—one of the first such commons at four-year institutions. Hickey served on the Librarians Governing Council of NC LIVE (North Carolina’s virtual library) for six years, was a founding member of the Triad Academic Libraries Association, and was a member of the Advisory Board of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro School of Library and Information Science. She has been active in ACRL, CLS, and CJCLS committees and programs for 27 years. She was a member of the Joint ACRL/LAMA Designing Academic Libraries and Learning Spaces Guide Task Force that published a wiki for practicing architects and was the coauthor of Collection Management in the Electronic Age, CJCLS’s first published monograph. She was an active participant in the College Library Directors Mentoring Program, first as a participant and later as a mentor to five new library directors. Prior to her tenure at Elon, Hickey was director of the Shuman Library at the Pennsylvania College of Technology for 13 years. Her varied career included work at the National Fisheries Research and Development Laboratory in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, and as an adult and children’s librarian at two public libraries.

Kate Hickey
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